For a Short While – The Rain

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I took these photos through the window a few days ago when we had rain as a respite from the heat wave. The forecast seems to be for a bit more of our usual weather shortly, but that’s ok cos I don’t like the heat that much! It’s probably an age thing as all the ‘olds’ I know feel the same , but the young absolutely love it!

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When it rains it makes everything look different and it creates opportunities for me [when the rain stops] to search out things in my otherwise ‘samey’ little patio garden. Plus I can shoot through the glass if it’s pouring down outside. I was very pleased to capture some ‘splashes’ in front of Ollie the owl and his companion [who I haven’t thought of a name for yet].

Ollie and Friend

Ollie and Friend

I will post some sedum/raindrops later today hopefully,  take care all –   Eileen

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Pond [er] Again

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As well as buying a new camera I went mad and bought an updated version of my Paintshop Pro software – x6.  I tinkered around a bit with the colour on these duck images. They were  in dappled shade which I quite liked, but I think I could probably have got more light within the shadows. If I decide to have another go I may post the results here to compare. There is a  lot that is the same in my update, but a lot that’s unfamiliar to me, so I’m on a learning curve as usual.

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Swans

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I’ll sign off now   …… please leave any comments or suggestions, or even ‘like’ or ‘share’ !    Eileen

 


Once More Unto the Pond, Dear Friends

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Fortunately I’d chosen to visit the Pond a few days before the present heatwave really hit us. Nevertheless –  it was a really bright,sunny day and I was armed with my brand new camera – Olympus Stylus 1 –  recommended by a very helpful assistant at Park Cameras in Burgess Hill. Because I’m struggling with the settings etc I ended up going back to ‘auto’ . I know I could have done better, but hope I’ll get brownie points for trying!

I do feel the need for a kindly hand to guide me or a nearby class to join, but meanwhile , though it takes twice as long when you don’t know what you’re doing, I will learn by swotting and trial and error – and I will try to compensate by being ‘artistic’ ….  But – I’m loving my new Stylus 1 and something I didn’t think I’d find easy is using the view-finder!  My not so efficient eyesight means I prefer to use the screen to take my pics usually. But this viewfinder is a good size and switches from the screen mode automatically when you press said viewfinder to your brow. I’m sure it’s making me hold the camera steadier too.

As I took rather a lot of pics I will spread them over a couple of posts. Some are of the scenery, some of the wildlife and some of people and doggies.

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This is taken from a small concrete bridge where the Lake leads into a somewhat stagnant looking canal. It is very quiet and secluded and the reflections of the surrounding greenery are lovely.

canalThere is a little peahen[?] at left foreground in above pic …..

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A little bit further along, the Lake narrows and is dissected by a road, the other side seems to be quite a little haven for the ducks and geese as they like to gather there to be fed by everybody. It’s a very picturesque part …
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From another angle. I liked the shadow patterns of the tree.

Lake view

Well folks,  as usual, I would really appreciate any comments or thoughts on these images, if you have the inclination.  see you soon with some doggie pics.

many blessings,   Eileen


Time for a Stroll

Heron

I was feeling very fed up  last friday afternoon so on the spur of the moment , and believe me – I am not a ‘spontaneous’ person by any means,  I decided to take a stroll down to The Pond again.  It was a glorious, warm, sunny day to take advantage of ….

I felt well rewarded when I came across this Heron.  Usually I’ve just been able to make him out in the distance, across the other  side of the lake.  He was still a fair distance from me , as you can see from the second image, so I used the little zoom on my camera for this one – risking a bit of camera shake in the process.

With a little bit of tweaking in my Paintshop Pro, I think it’s turned out ok. Sometimes when I see all the wonderfully sharp close up pics taken by other photographers here, I lament my lack of ‘equipment’ and camera expertise. But even if I had them, physical limitations would prevent me using them I think.  I really must get my son to take me to Parks Camera shop in Burgess Hill so that I can talk to an ‘expert’ and try handling cameras!

Oh dear,  I fear I’m waffling a bit …. but truly, this is something that keeps cropping up for me and I never do anything about. I could leave the planet before I ever do !  Comments are always most welcome here [ NB. I’ve been trying to learn how to attract more ‘traffic’ to my blogs recently] , and also your constructive criticism of my photographic efforts.  I know there are  web sites and forums where you can submit your work, but I get defeated by the technical know how – ha ha – the attention span is decreasing with age  lol.  Till next time then ,   Eileen

Distant Heron

 

Thought I’d throw in these as an afterthought ….

Fisherman

Feeding the ducks


Enjoying the Sunshine

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As it was a bright and sunny day and I was stuck indoors doing nothing in particular, I decided to take a stroll down to the Ifield Pond again.  Although the scenery is much the same [although changing with the seasons of course], at least the wildlife activity varies and there’s always something different to see.

Disappointingly I’m a bit late to catch the ducklings in baby stage – they look more like teenagers, but there still seems to be a lot of courting going on.

This is a particularly nice little area, favoured by the ducks and geese because people park their cars by the roadside nearby and come especially to feed them. In fact I got slightly wary of one particular large Canada Goose who approached me – I think he though my little camera was something to eat and was waiting patiently for me to throw it for him.

This very handsome drake ‘posed’ for me , but I took the pics as much for the interesting water as any ducks on it.  I confess to doing a bit of enhancing to the colour, as the sun was so bright and sparkly on the water, and what with the reflections of the overhead trees – it was beautiful to see, but hard to capture. I liked the somewhat hazy appearance.

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Let me now introduce the Goose ….080


Wakehurst Place,Sussex

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I don’t get out and about very much, so it was a really nice photo opportunity  when my good friends, Jean & Harry, took me to Wakehurst Place for the day. It has a little Mansion , beautiful grounds and several ponds/lakes etc.  These are just some of the pics to give a flavour…..

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See you soon …..    Eileen